Sunday, April 29, 2012

Felted Knit Daffodil Amigurumi



Well, here's our first free pattern of this year, and for Spring! This was a bit of a hope that the pattern would work, since a daffodil is a considerably complex design. The flower tips forward, causing two issues I think I resolved nicely - I couldn't put the eyes in the same location as our tulip, and the weight of the flower meant that the stem would have to shaped to center gravity a bit differently than other patterns and keep the flower from falling forward. This has been a major issue with our as of yet unreleased Backyard Critters 8 Snake design. The change was a success and will be incorporated into the snake design so that we can release him into the world too!



Felted Knit Daffodil Amigurumi


Finished Size: Approximately 4" (10.2cm) tall, depending on yarn used and amount of felting.
Yarn: Use only 100% wool, worsted weight. Do not use a “superwash” wool as this will not felt. Bleached white yarns do not felt and many off-white yarns may not felt well. Test a sample knit swatch of white yarn before using. Yardages are approximate:
• Color A (Yellow) 1 skein.
• Color B (Green) 1 skein. 
Needles: Straight needles, size 10 US (6mm).
Other Supplies: 
• Felt: black.
• Embroidery floss: black, white.
• Yarn or tapestry needle; embroidery needle.
• Stuffing.
• Polyester Pellets, Approximately 1oz (28g) per project 
• Small amount of waste cotton yarn to temporarily secure seams.

Stitches & Abbreviations: 

M1: (Make one): Insert left needle, from front to back, under the horizontal strand between the stitch on the left needle and the stitch just worked, forming a loop on the left needle. Knit this loop through the back when working a knit row, purl through front when working a purl row.
K2TOG: Knit two stitches together.





IMPORTANT! 
Read all instructions before beginning your project!

CUP BASE

Starting at base of cup, cast on 8 stitches in COLOR A
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 & All Even Rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, (M1, K1) 6 times, K1. (14 sts)
Row 5: K1, (M1, K1) 12 times, K1. (26 sts)
Row 7: Knit.
Row 9: K1, (K2TOG, K2) 6 times, K1. (20 sts)
Row 11: Purl*. (IMPORTANT!)
Row 13: K1, (K2TOG, K1) 6 times, K1. (14 sts.)
Row 15: K1, (K2TOG) 6 times, K1. (8 sts)
Cut yarn leaving an 8" (20cm) tail. Using a tapestry needle, insert the needle through remaining stitches and pull tight. Continue with petals below.

CUP LIP

*With right side facing, join COLOR A at beginning of Row 10 above. Pick up and knit 19 stitches.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, (M1, K1) 18 times. (37 sts)
Bind off. Weave in ends. Repeat from * 3 times. With flower inside out, whipstitch seam from Row 1 through Row 15 of Cup Base and Row 1 through Row 3 of Cup Lip with matching yarn, leaving an opening.


PETALS (Make 2)

Starting on wrong side, center of petals, Cast on 7 stitches in COLOR A.
Row 1 & All Odd Rows: Purl.
Row 2: K1, (M1, K1) 6 times. (13 sts)
Row 4: K1, (M1, K1) 12 times. (25 sts)
Row 6: Bind off 1 sts. Divide into 3 groups of 8 stitches. *K8. (8 sts) 
Row 8: K8.
Row 10: K2TOG, K4, K2TOG. (6 sts)
Row 12: K2TOG, K2, K2TOG. (4 sts)
Row 14: (K2TOG) 2 times. (2 sts). 
Cut yarn leaving a tail. Using a tapestry needle, insert the needle through remaining stitches and pull tight.* Repeat from * in Row 6 two more times. Whipstitch seam from Row 1 to Row 6.


STEM

Starting from top, cast on 11 stitches in COLOR B.
Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7: Knit.
Row 2 & All Even Rows: Purl.
Row 9: K4, (M1, K1) 3 times, K4. (14 sts)
Row 11: Knit.
Row 13: K4, (M1, K1) 6 times, K4. (20 sts) 
Row 15: Knit.
Row 17: K7, (M1, K1) 6 times, K7. (26 sts)
Rows 19 & 21: Knit.
Row 23: K1, (K2TOG) 12 times, K1. (14 sts.)
Row 25: K1, (K2TOG) 6 times, K1. (8 sts)
Cut yarn leaving an 8" (20cm) tail. Using a tapestry needle, insert the needle through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends. With stem inside out, whipstitch seam, leaving an opening. Stem will be attached after felting.


LEAF (Make 2)

Starting from wrong side, bottom, cast on 4 stitches in COLOR B.
Row 1 & All Even Rows: Purl.
Row 2: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1. (6 sts)
Row 4: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1. (8 sts)
Row 6: Knit.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 10: K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG, K1. (6 sts)
Row 12: Knit.
Row 14: K1, K2TOG, K2TOG, K1. (4 sts)
Row 16: Knit.
Row 18: K1, K2TOG, K1. (3 sts)
Row 20: K1, K2TOG. (2 sts)
Cut yarn leaving an 8" (20cm) tail. Using a tapestry needle, insert the needle through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends. Leaves will be attached after felting.


Next Step: Work in all yarn ends on wrong side. Check your knitting for any holes and stitch them together loosely. With colorfast NON-WOOL yarn, baste the opening closed on back.


Felting: In a small container or dishpan, fill with about an inch of hot water. Add a small amount of dish soap. Place body and parts into water and let soak for about five minutes. This will open up the wool fibers for felting. Vigorously squish each piece. Repeat process until individual knitted stitches are not visible. If the pieces get too sudsy, rinse to check your progess. Some colors may felt faster than others!


Shaping: Remove cotton yarn from opening at back of cup and stuff firmly with temporary stuffing while damp and mold into shape.  Shape petals into points. Stuff Stem firmly and shape into a “foot” (See DIAGRAM 1). When you are happy with the shape, let dry overnight.


Stuffing: When completely dry, remove stuffing completely. Fill stem loosely with poly pellets. Stuff flower and stem firmly. Using matching yarn or embroidery floss, stitch flower opening together as invisibly as possible.   


Attaching Parts: Attach parts with matching yarn or embroidery floss as indicated. Attach petals one at a time and rotated as shown in DIAGRAM 1. Attach cup to petals and stem. Thread yarn through bottom to back of stem, pull to create a small indent at base and repeat if necessary until Daffodil stands. Attach leaves as shown in DIAGRAM 1 . Using pattern pieces, cut out two eyes from black felt. Separate one strand from black embroidery floss and attach eyes with applique stitch as shown in DIAGRAM 1. Using three strands of embroidery floss, back stitch mouth as shown. Using three strands of white embroidery floss, make a french knot and straight stitch for each eye. 


© 2012 Crafty Alien, Design by Lisa Eberhart




NOTICE: The written instructions, illustrations, photos, and patterns herein are intended for personal use only and are protected by copyright law. You are not buying the product or pattern design, but are only receiving a license to use the pattern for personal use. Projects are not to be produced for commercial sale nor are they to be sold to any person or business. Reproduction of this pattern is also strictly forbidden by United States and international copyright law.

2 comments:

  1. Hello,

    I would love to purchase one of your creations, but it appears your website is not working.

    How can I see what is available?

    If you receive this message, would you please email me at gmkphoto@yahoo.com?

    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    George Kocis

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love this little daffodil, so adorable.
    It was featured today on the At Play blog
    www.atplayonline.com

    If you have other knitting tutorials you would like included in our database you can submit them at www.knittingatplay.com

    Megan

    ReplyDelete